Vermont Castings Vigilant/ Vigilant 1977

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New Member
Dec 8, 2021
I am looking to purchase a used VC woodstove and have the option between a Vigilant stove, which the current owner claims to be wood (but has a grate) and a Vigilant 1977 (which has no grate). Please help me determine which is the correct one for our purposes.


Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
i would think if one of those stoves has a grate that rocks back and forth from a handle outside the stove, that one should be a coal stove.

Fred B. NJ

New Member
Jan 30, 2023
Sussex County NJ
The early Vigilants were set up to accept the coal grate option which could be purchased separately from Vermont Castings.